15 Responses to Prologue 4 | Page 49

  1. Wyvern says:

    Someone should tell him that’s not what “bolting the door” usually means.

    • mvandinter says:

      What would sound better? I’m open to suggestions.

      • Wyvern says:

        Well, strictly speaking, “bolting the door” *is* an accurate description of what he’s doing — it’s just not what most people mean when they use the term. (You do know what I’m talking about, right? If not, Google Image search for “door bolt”.) “Securing” the door works just fine, though.

        • mvandinter says:

          I thought about “barring” or “locking”, but that didn’t seem right either. The idea was to say something that explained what he was doing with the door. I do appreciate the feeback! 🙂

          • Ed8 says:

            Ah, you changed it! Stick to your guns – don’t let those readers push you around like that! (Unless I complain about something, then definitely change it.)

            In any case, I remember that, back when I was a bit younger, in the early 1800s, we definitely would have used the word “bolting” for his current action.

            • mvandinter says:

              Had bolts (as opposed to screws) been invented by the 1820s? Hopefully Ed8 will provide some first-hand recollection 😉

              • Ed8 says:

                Well, according to the online etymology dictionary, “bolting” in its usage of “to secure by means of a bolt” originated around the 1580s. I would have said the early 1600s, but it was probably just a regional term before then and didn’t make its way to where I was living until a few decades later. (For you youngsters, that was before we had the Internet, so new terms didn’t spread quite as rapidly.)


                People keep telling me “You’re only as old as you feel!” Since I’m certain that people would never repeat trite phrases like that over and over again if they weren’t absolutely true, clearly I must be thousands of years old, at least.

    • davidbreslin101 says:

      Well, I suppose he is using (nuts and) bolts to secure the door. Just as well he wasn’t using screws.

  2. I love the layout on this one. Most artists would probably have drawn that as three separate panels, but the way you drew it really shows the depths of horror he is feeling.

    And what would a country home be without a stuffy English butler?

  3. Guesticus says:

    To answer NoneCallHimTim: A French country home?

  4. Aslandus says:

    Bolting up the exit? This is going to be Fun when she gets in…

    • mvandinter says:

      Aslandus! Welcome aboard! Thanks for contributing. I hope you become a regular reader 🙂
      But about this “Fun” business: Unearth is not about fun! It’s as deadly serious as it is historically accurate 😉

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